Stubborn Persistent Illusions
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"Music that’s wonderful to live with. Do Make Say Think's songs don't demand attention so much as reward it. A song can feel like an island with its own ecosystem, and an album an archipelago. It's challenging to find your way inside. In the oscillation from serenity to cinematic triumph, their music can seep into your conscious and float around your daily life, not so much a soundtrack as a pliable accompaniment. Even when it's not competing for your attention, Stubborn Persistent Illusions feels impossible to put down."
Pitchfork 7.8

"The nine instrumentals that make up the band's first album in almost as many years have a warmth and earnestness that permeates their complex emotional movements. Their soundscapes seamlessly blend the organic and rustic infrastructures of urban life. These songs have their own agency."
Exclaim 9/10

"Musical statements like this, able to carry so much weight yet move so freely, and all without saying a word, are few and far between. Stubborn Persistent Illusions finds Do Make Say Think returning as restless and reaching as they’ve ever been."
Line Of Best Fit 9/10

"A startling return to form after a lengthy absence from the instrumental post-rock troupe…the latest in a long line of exemplary releases from the band. After a long time away, Do Make Say Think are still able to captivate as much as ever, and fans will already be salivating at the idea of witnessing this performed live in the near future."
The Skinny

"The supernova in Constellation’s stellar network... arguably the finest catalogue of any currently operating instrumental rock band."
Drowned In Sound

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Do Make Say Think has been widely celebrated as one of the preeminent instrumental rock bands of the 90s-00s. Stubborn Persistent Illusions is the group’s first album in eight years – and a stellar addition to one of the most consistent, inventive, exuberant, satisfying, and critically acclaimed discographies in the ‘post-rock’ canon.
Following Other Truths (2009), the five members of DMST pursued other creative projects, while all continuing to stay firmly rooted in Toronto. An invite from Heartland Festival and Constellation to play the label’s 15th Anniversary shows in Europe in fall 2012 brought DMST back to the stage in very fine form – the band worked up a bevy of gems from their catalogue and absolutely killed live.
A rekindling was sparked, leading to new writing and recording sessions throughout 2014-2016. Overdubbing, ‘underdubbing’, gestating and mixing was helmed by band members Ohad Benchetrit, Charles Spearin and Justin Small at Ohad’s studio th’Schvitz: Stubborn Persistent Illusions is a reminder and continuation of the group’s DIY ethos, and the integral role played by their singular self-production acumen and aesthetic.
Do Make Say Think has a well-earned reputation for imbuing their instrumental music with soulful and emotive narrative power in a class of its own. Among the band’s special strengths is an ineffable naturalism that avoids anything too woolly or proggy, abstract or academic, while remaining a fundamentally guitar-based group whose ornate four- and six-string interplay balances rockism, pastoralism and electronic-influenced post-production.
Stubborn Persistent Illusions is built from this distinctive toolkit, at once familiar and as fresh as anything DMST has committed to tape. A short Bhuddist poem about boundlessness and recurrence informs this profoundly imagistic listening experience, amplified by the beautiful original album art paintings commissioned from Marianne Collins.
Do Make Say Think enter their third decade with a new album that helps reaffirm the promise of genuinely emotive, narrative, restorative and life-affirming instrumental rock music – and will surely rank among the group's best.
Thanks for listening.
Release date: 19 May 2017
Running time: 60:47
Packaging notes
Deluxe double vinyl edition features 2x180gram audiophile pressing from Optimal (Germany) in a gatefold jacket with printed inner dust sleeves, 12"x12" art/credit insert, 12"x24"art print poster and Side Four vinyl etching. All printed on uncoated boards and papers. Featuring original commissioned artwork by Marianne Collins.
CD edition comes in a custom mini-gatefold jacket printed on 100% recycled Orford textured paperboard with a printed inner dust sleeve and 5"x15" fold-out credit insert. Featuring original commissioned artwork by Marianne Collins.
01 War On Torpor
02 Horripilation
03 Murder Of Thoughts
04 Bound
05 And Boundless
06 Her Eyes On The Horizon
07 d=3.57√h (As Far As The Eye Can See)
08 Shlomo's Son
09 Return, Return Again
Ohad Benchetrit
David Mitchell
James Payment
Justin Small
Charles Spearin
Julie Penner (violin)
Mike Barth (trumpet)
Leon Kingstone (baritone sax)
Adam Marvy (trumpet, wholistic management)
“War On Torpor”, “Bound And Boundless”, “Her Eyes On The Horizon” recorded at The Bathouse, Bath, Ontario, engineered by Myles Spencer.
“Horripilation”, “Murder Of Thoughts”, “d=3.57√h”, “Return, Return Again” recorded at Sundlaugin Studio, Reykjavik, Iceland, engineered by Jon “Biggi” Birgisson.
“Schlomo’s Son” recorded at Lost Tin Rooster Studio in Toronto on four government tracking/corporate data-gathering devices.
All glued together, cut up and glued back together, fought over, hugged, cried and laughed over, hotly debated, overdubbed and underdubbed, mixed and pre-mastered by Ohad, Charles and Justin at Th’Schvitz in Toronto, 2014-2016.
Mastered at Lacquer Channel by Phil Demetro.
Original album artwork by Marianne Collins.